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 Legere reed designs over time
Author: shmuelyosef 
Date:   2019-06-09 04:40
Attachment:  Legere Reeds over time.jpg (132k)

It's surprising to me how Legere clarinet reeds have gone from barely wide enough to cover some mouthpiece windows (an early signature from ~2 years ago) to wide enough to hang over every mouthpiece and create an embouchure leak (recent Euro Sig). These are both #3 reeds. Note also how much shorter the vamp and overall length are on the Euros.

I find this a little odd...I looked at some of my collection of Vandoren reeds over the last decade and they are all pretty much exactly the same dimensions overall...the vamp varies a tiny bit but you have to look carefully.

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 Re: Legere reed designs over time
Author: donald 
Date:   2019-06-09 06:02

2 years is not really much of a sample for a company that has been making reeds for 21 years. Why shouldn't they have designs that vary?
Where vandoren is concerned, there are considerable design variations that you are unable to appreciate without accurate measuring devices. Changes of .1mm can be "felt" by an experienced player, but are impossible to detect with the naked eye.
I am not too keen on the Euro Sig, but have never experienced an embouchure leak when testing/playing these reeds. Time for more practise methinks.

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 Re: Legere reed designs over time
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-06-09 13:30

Ok, the main issue in the synthetic reed is the material itself (which I believe is the more interesting comparison over time than the size and shape......but I won't go there). I firmly believe that the material and the size and shape work in a coordinated manner to produce a final result. For example, the Signature Clarinet reeds just never worked for me at all, period, full stop. But the same material then transposed to the width and cut of the European Signature (or the Signature Soprano Sax reed) works miracles!


I also agree with 'donald.' I don't find ANY deleterious affects associated with the wider stance of the European Signature reed. When I was first recommended to try them I was using the Vandoren M/O ligature......that DOESN'T work. But other than that, they just LOOK wonky.




.............Paul Aviles



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